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1720-1728 - Haymarket (Westminster)

Rope-dancer, acrobat, and theatre company manager Signora Violante was born in 1682 (details are lacking). Her maiden name is not known; her husband senor Violante was Italian. She was active as a performer during the 1720s and first arrived in London in the spring of 1720, working with Jean-Baptiste De Grimbergue’s French Company at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket, and Lincoln’s Inn Fields theatre. Her daring rope-dancing acts created a sensation. She was back at the King’s Theatre from November 1726 to May 1728, performing acrobatics, dancing, and pantomime. In the summer of 1728 her husband Senor Violante slid on a rope across the River Severn before a crowd of spectators. Violante then moved to Dublin (where she discovered’ and coached the actrice Peg Woffington). She eventually settled in Edinburgh where she died in 1741. Her children were among the performers in her troupe. Her daughter Rosina married dancer George Richard Estcourt Luppino, forebear of the famous Lupino [Luppino] family of performers and designers.

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